28 March 2006

People outside Ulster could be entitled to cash

Belfast Telegraph

By Linda McKee
28 March 2006

Hundreds of victims affected by the Troubles could be missing out on money to which they are entitled.

The Northern Ireland Memorial Fund was set up to provide practical help and support to victims and survivors, and has helped more than 7,000 people.

But the organisers of the fund fear that many eligible people could have missed out because they are living outside Ulster.

"The fund believes many of those affected are from other parts of the UK, such as soldiers who served here and their families, or those who were caught up in incidents outside Northern Ireland," a spokesman said.

The fund plans to launch a campaign to raise its profile across the UK.

"We believe that many who could be eligible for assistance are simply not aware of the fund," the spokesman said.

"Whilst we have helped over 7,000 people in Northern Ireland, we are conscious that there may even yet still be those both locally and further afield who have yet to benefit from the help we offer."

The fund can be contacted by emailing nimf@nics.gov.uk or phoning 028 90522 0069.

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